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 for mannerism
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mannerism \Man"ner*ism\, n. [Cf. F. mani['e]risme.]
     1. Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic
        mode of action, bearing, behavior, or treatment of others.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Adherence to a peculiar style or manner carried to excess,
        especially in literature or art.
        [1913 Webster]
              Mannerism is pardonable,and is sometimes even
              agreeable, when the manner, though vicious, is
              natural . . . . But a mannerism which does not sit
              easy on the mannerist, which has been adopted on
              principle, and which can be sustained only by
              constant effort, is always offensive. --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to
           an individual [syn: idiosyncrasy, foible, mannerism]
      2: a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display [syn:
         affectation, mannerism, pose, affectedness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  124 Moby Thesaurus words for "mannerism":
     Gongorism, affectation, affectedness, airs, airs and graces, aroma,
     artfulness, artifice, artificiality, attribute, badge, brand,
     cachet, cast, character, characteristic, command of language,
     configuration, cut, differentia, differential, distinctive feature,
     earmark, eccentricity, euphemism, euphuism, exaggeration,
     expression of ideas, facade, false front, false show, fashion,
     feature, feeling for words, feigned belief, figure, flavor,
     form of speech, front, grace of expression, grandiloquence, gust,
     habit, hallmark, hyperelegance, hypocrisy, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy,
     image, impress, impression, index, individualism, inflation,
     insincerity, keynote, lineaments, literary style, lugs, manner,
     manner of speaking, manneredness, mark, marking, mere show,
     minauderie, mode, mode of expression, mold, nature, oddness, odor,
     overelaboration, overelegance, overniceness, overrefinement,
     particularity, peculiar trait, peculiarity, personal style,
     preciosity, preciousness, pretense, pretension, pretentiousness,
     property, prunes and prisms, public image, purism, put-on,
     putting on airs, quality, queerness, quirk, rhetoric, savor, seal,
     sense of language, sham, shape, show, singularity, smack,
     specialty, stamp, strain, style, stylishness, stylistic analysis,
     stylistics, taint, tang, taste, the grand style, the plain style,
     the sublime, token, trademark, trait, trick, trick of behavior,
     unnaturalness, vein, way

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